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Kannada matinee idol Vishnuvardhan, passed away of cardiac arrest yesterday

By S Shyam Prasad \ Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 31, 2009)

At the age of 22, H N Sampath Kumar was rechristened Vishnuvardhan by legendary director Puttanna Kanagala and he had fame and popularity literally seeking him out overnight. The Mysore-born actor would often call his entry into films as dynamic and expressed a desire to have a graceful exit. It turned out to be an unexpected exit in the early hours of December 30; and not just from films.

At 59, none of his fans, friends or family expected him to perish. The late actor was suffering from diabetes and had developed cardiac problems during his last days. He is survived by his wife, Bharati and two adopted daughters.

Vishnuvardhan made his film debut with a small role in Vamshavriksha directed by Girish Karnad in 1972. In the same year, he appeared in Puttanna Kanagala’s magnum opus Naagarahaavu, where he played the protagonist Ramachari, which remains a much-liked character to date.

A polyglot who could speak six languages, his life changed when films beckoned him. As Vishnuvardhan would recall later in life, he had neither enthusiasm nor love for films. “I was not a hard worker, but a sincere worker,” he summed up his film career. When his first photograph appeared in Chitradeepa magazine after his film debut, what the young Vishnuvardhan aspired was to be recognised by girls as he walked around Gandhi Bazaar.

At the time Vishnuvardhan married actress Bharati, she was a bigger star than him. Their marriage lasted for a lifetime but the couple was childless. They adopted two girls. But the actor never spoke about this aspect of life.

Vishnuvardhan Akshay Kumar

In the last few years, Vishnuvardhan had become a disciple of Bannanje Govindacharya and taken up vows of silence from time to time. He would avoid public platforms that would necessitate him to make tough statements or take stands. However, he held on to his beliefs and would never waver from his somewhat radical views.

Akshay Kumar, who is holidaying with his wife and son in Goa, expressed his shock about the superstar’s death. Akshay says, “I worked with him in Ashaant (1993) and I think, that is the only Hindi film that Vishnuji did. We shot it in his home town Bangalore, and he was so popular! Men, women and children came to him to be touched by him. He was like God. Newly-born babies were named after him.”

Akshay remembers the good times that they had while shooting the film. “Vishnuji was disciplined, focused and hard working. I have learnt a lot from him. We did a Hindi and a Kannada version of Ashaant. The Kannada version was a super hit. The Hindi version was a flop. I guess he was a much bigger star than I could ever be. As I speak about him now all the memories of shooting during that film flash through my mind. I met him in Bangalore much later. He was warm and very friendly. Was he just 60? That’s no age to go.”

MY SPACE: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
Ranbir Kapoor, Bollywood’s newest superstar, refuses to court controversy

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 24, 2009)

It’s being whispered in Bollywood that 2009 could well mark the birth of Ranbir Kapoor, the film industry’s next superstar. He won accolades for Ayan Mukherjee’s Wake up Sid and Shimit Amin’s Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year. And, he rocked the box office with Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Coming as he does from a family that has ruled the roost in Bollywood for 75 long years, the 28-year-old actor is likely to keep that legacy going in the coming decade. As he embarks on a brand new calendar year Ranbir agrees that 2009 has been truly gratifying. “I hope I made my parents proud,’’ he says. Adding, “The industry and the audience have given me the kind of love and support that I didn’t think would happen. Honestly, I’m humbled and while I love all the compliments coming my way, my career has just begun. I want to continue doing good work — and if it gets the box office that Wake up Sid or Ajab… got, well I’m thrilled. However, I still believe in something like Rocket Singh. Jaideep Sahni and Shimit Amin are talented guys, they had a message to give in the film. And, I stand by it.’’ Ranbir admits that epithets like ‘superstar’ and the ‘next big thing’ make him delirious. “But it also means loads of responsibility,’’ he says. Refuting rumours that his remuneration has shot up to Rs12 crore, the actor says, “For an actor to talk about the money he charges is disrespectful. Honestly, the only thing that I truly want is for my work to get recognition. Money, fame, adulation will come; but it can never be the focal point of my existence. With modesty I must say that I haven’t grown up wanting anything. My parents gave me a privileged lifestyle. So how much money I charge can never be the deciding factor to gauge what heights I have scaled.’’
He is also well aware that the flip side of superstardom means that he will now live in a glass house with everything from his love life to his moods getting unwarranted attention. “I certainly don’t think discussing my relationships with my co-stars comes with the territory of stardom,’’ says the actor. “I will not talk about Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif. It is disrespectful to them as women and to their families. Who I date is really very personal.’’ So there you go. With the adulation, Ranbir has also got the attitude.
Cinevistaa to sue Karan Singh Grover for irregularly reporting to the sets of Dill Mill Gayye

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 11, 2009)

Karan Singh Grover has his ex-wife and the producers of Dill Mill Gayye puzzled. Apparently, he used to tell his wife Shraddha Nigam before their separation (as reported by Mumbai Mirror, October 6) that he was leaving for a 9am shoot but would only reach the sets at 4pm.

Meanwhile, the production house suffered as Karan spent much less time shooting than he was committed to. Now, the producers, Cinevistaa, have filed a complaint against him with CINTAA (Cine & TV Artistes Association) and will sue him to cover their losses of about Rs 2 crore.

Karan would often turn up late or not reports to the sets, even though Shraddha thought he was diligently slaving over his shoots. Not so long ago, Shraddha called up Cinevistaa for some work and asked for Karan, only to learn that he hadn’t shown up.

Cinevistaa’s Managing Director, Sunil Mehta confirmed that his company has written to CINTAA complaining about Karan Grover. He said, “We’ve written to CINTAA telling them about Karan’s behaviour and the fact that we plan to sue him. He used to come at 4pm for a 9am shift and would leave by 10pm. My company has suffered a loss of over Rs 2 crore. We definitely intend to sue him. Shraddha was scandalised when my son told her that he has not reported for work, when she thought he’d left for a 9am shift.”


Shraddha Nigam Karan Singh Grove

“At one point of time, we had thought of making a film with him as the lead actor. Now, Karan’s film with Mukesh Bhatt is not happening. Ditto for his film with UTV. Success, fame, adulation and power went to his head, I guess.” added Mehta.

We sent Karan a text message, but he remained unavailable for comment.

Fed up of warring with the producers, six multiplex owners have got together to buy films and release them. Shravan Shroff speaks
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 09, 2009)

Shravan Shroff

Negotiations between multiplex owners and producers have not reached a consensus. Where does it go from here? Do you have plan B?

Six multiplex operators (Fame, Cinemax, PVR, Fun, Adlabs, Inox) have pooled resources together. We have already approached some filmmakers and we will approach some others soon. We have identified some movies which we will buy and release in our theatres.Which movies are these?

Rang Rasiya, Paying Guest, Lamha, Hostel, Short Cut, Forest, three films by PNC, a film by Ravi Chopra (Banda Ye Bindass Hai?) and SAB TV.

Did you expect the producers to remain so united?

We know that the producers are respected, intelligent people and we knew they’ll fight for what they believe is right. They are asking for 50 per cent share in the revenue for all weeks, for all movies. But that is not acceptable to us.

So what is their argument?

They argue that even small films like Jaane Tu… can become big hits. We want the revenue sharing to happen on performance basis. We don’t want to fight with them. They have come down a bit, we have gone up a bit, but unfortunately we haven’t met at a common point. We have offered them 50, 40, 30, 25 per cent (for the first, second, third and the fourth week); while they want 50, 45 40, 35… but that doesn’t work for us.

The producers had also complained earlier that multiplexes don’t pay them in time.

I disagree. They were always paid within 30-45 days. And let me tell you that all movies are paid refundable advances; there are innumerable cases where some producers didn’t return that to us.

A still from Rang Rasiya

Have you registered a big loss?

Of the 75 screens in our Fame Group, we have already shut 35. Last April we registered 22-24 per cent occupancy. This year it’s 10-12 per cent, which is a big loss.

But don’t most multiplexes not pay rent but share the revenue with property owners?

Times have changed. 99 per cent of the multiplexes pay rent. We (at Fame) run 21 properties. We pay rent for 20 of them.

Why do multiplexes charge differently on different days?

Don’t you pay differently for airfares on different days? At the end of the day, I am a businessman. If a consumer is willing to pay more, why shouldn’t I charge accordingly?


msrbb312 months ago, I had written about Eros (one of the leading distributors of Bollywood) and how every film they were associated with last year failed to become a Hit. This year also started on bad note. Their first film of the year, Billu Barber, has flopped inspite of SRK in the cast. The high cost of the film is to blame here. And Aa Dekhen Zara (ADZ), their 2nd film, has also made low collections. The movie is strictly okay but it could have made great profits if it had released in multiplexes too. ADZ released only in single screens and stand alone multiplexes and as expected, its collections weren’t encouraging. A flop, unfortunately!

But finally, Eros managed to deliver a hit, in fact, a super hit! Which is that film, you may ask? No, it’s not a Hindi flick, but a Marathi one-‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’! Starring Sachin Khedekar and Mahesh Manjrekar, the film connected to the ideology of Chhtarapati Shivaji has taken the entire Maharashtra by storm. It released on April 3 simultaneously with Akshay Kumar starrer 8×10 Tasveer and yet emerged victorious. The film has released in all the multiplexes and many single screens and in most of these theatres, the film is running to packed houses. Even in the weekdays, the film is getting 90%+ occupancy! In the 1st week, the film collected Rs. 2.75 crores. Considering that the film has released only in Maharashtra and has moderate budget, earning such an amount is an achievement!

erosThe success of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ indicates a lot. It gives a clear indication that there’s an audience for regional films. It also gives a hint to producers that instead of investing money on Hindi films with stupid scripts, it’s better to invest in Marathi or any other regional film. Last year, Subhash Ghai backed a Marathi film ‘Valu-the Wild bull’ (*ing Dilip Prabhawalkar, Atul Kulkarni and others) which turned out to be one of the biggest hits of Marathi cinema! I am not sure about the collections but maybe, Valu may have collected more than Ghai’s Yuvvraaj! Also, producing a regional film even with the popular actors of that region will not turn out to be expensive.

So, don’t be surprised if after a few years you find Yash Raj Films or UTV Motion Pictures churning out Marathi/Bhojpuri/Punjabi films!

Metro Big Cinema

Metro Big Cinema

All Marathi films are given a ‘tax-free’ status. Therefore, these films have reduced rates. But I was shocked to see last week that Metro Big Cinema (formerly Metro Adlabs), a prominent multiplex in South Mumbai, is charging the same price for the ticket of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ as for other films. The price of the ticket for this film’s evening show is Rs. 220 and other films running in the multiplex also have the same rate. This means, that the theatre is charging the Entertainment Tax from a tax-free film! Even PVR multiplexes in Mumbai are doing the same black business!

I can’t understand what the multiplexes are going to get by doing this. When other multiplex chains like Cinemax, Fame, Fun Cinemas etc have reduced their rates for tax-free films, why can’t Metro and PVR Cinemas follow the same? Don’t know about Metro, but PVR is charging the tax-inclusive rate for all tax-free films since a long time. I even wrote a complaint mail to both the multiplexes but none of them cared to reply! Shameless!

Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ has been running successfully in each and every theatre. In fact, from tomorrow, when the 3rd week of the film commences, most of the screens are going to add 1 or 2 shows more but in Metro Big Cinema, today is the last day of the film! Obviously, audiences won’t be coming to watch this film for Rs. 220 when they could see it for lesser rates in other plush multiplexes! And then, its multiplexes like Metro which complains that audiences aren’t coming and that the quality of films has gone down!

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